Archives of Maryland
(Biographical Series)

David Browne (?-1697)
MSA SC 3520-171

Biography:


BORN: probably in Scotland.
IMMIGRATED: in 1670 as a free adult from Scotland.
RESIDED: in Somerset County.
MARRIED by 1672 Winifred, widow of Capt. William Thorne.
CHILDREN: Died without progeny.

PRIVATE CAREER
EDUCATION: literate; possibly attended Glasgow University.
RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: Presbyterian.
SOCIAL STATUS AND ACTIVITIES: Gent., by 1686.
OCCUPATIONAL PROFILE:  merchant; planter.

PUBLIC CAREER
LEGISLATIVE SERVICE: Associators’ Convention, Somerset County, 1689—1692; Grand Committee of Twenty, 1690—1692; Upper House, 1692—1693 (Laws 2), 1694—1697 (did not attend the 8th session).
OTHER PROVINCIAL OFFICES: Council, 169 1—1697; justice, Provincial Court, 1693—1694.
LOCAL OFFICES: justice, Somerset County, 1672/73—1692 (quorum, 1679/80-1692); coroner, Somerset County, 1688— 1692.
MILITARY SERVICE: captain, 1679/80—1690 colonel, 1690-1697.
STANDS ON PUBLIC/PRIVATE ISSUES: active supporter of the revolution of 1689, which brought him his first provincial offices.

WEALTH DURING LIFETIME.
LAND AT FIRST ELECTION: 1,780 acres.
WEALTH AT DEATH.
DIED:  will probated on September 17, 1697.
PERSONAL PROPERTY: TEV, £1,838. 1.6 sterling (including 4 slaves and 4 servants).
LAND: 980 acres.

Source:  Papenfuse, Edward C., et al. A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789, Vol. I, A-H.  (Baltimore:  The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1979), 176.

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